Update: Kobe Bryant: NBA legend and teenage daughter killed in helicopter crash #KobeBryant #nba #HelicopterCrash
Kobe Bryant only ever played for the Los Angeles Lakers
NBA legend Kobe Bryant has been killed in a helicopter crash along with his teenage daughter – according to US media reports.
The 41-year-old died after the aircraft came down in California on Sunday morning, the City of Calabasas said in a tweet.
It posted: “It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Kobe Bryant and four others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas.
“The aircraft went down in a remote field off Las Virgenes around 10:00 this morning. Nobody on the ground was hurt. The FAA and NTSB are investigating”.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff tweeted to say that five people were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas and that there were no survivors.
Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was also on the helicopter, according to US reports.
A teammate from the teenager’s basketball team, a parent of the teammate, and the pilot were also killed, NBC News said.
The sheriff’s department also posted pictures of the scene as smoke could be seen emerging from the brush in a ravine.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what happened.
Bryant, who was born in Philadelphia in 1978, was drafted at number 13 by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996, but was immediately traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The 18-time NBA All-Star won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career spent entirely with the Lakers.
They retired both of his shirt numbers – eight and 24 – in a ceremony in December 2017.
Then-franchise president Magic Johnson said: “We’re here to celebrate the greatest who has ever worn the purple and gold.”
He retired in 2016 as the third-leading scorer in NBA history and held that spot until Saturday night, when the Lakers’ LeBron James passed him for third place during a game in Philadelphia, Bryant’s hometown.
In his last tweet, Bryant said: “Continuing to move the game forward (at) KingJames. Much respect my brother”.
Courtesy of Sky News